Video Archive: Simplifying Flowers with Lots of Petals- White Daisies in Oils


The Challenge of White Daisies

Join Pat Fiorello, an instructor who has led more than 10 programs with Il Chiostro since 2008, for this paint-along session in oils.

In this lesson you will learn how to paint flowers that have lots of petals in a way that conveys form and suggest an abundance of petals without getting overly lost in detail. If you want to loosen up your painting, this is a great lesson in simplifying and suggesting in a painterly way without overly rendering every petal.

Our subject will be a close-up grouping of white daisies. You’ll also learn that white flowers are not merely white, so you will better understand how to paint at the subtle colors of white flowers.
Photo References:

Full color photo

Supply list

You don’t need all the colors on the supply list we will send, but definitely:
  • Indian Yellow (preferably Winsor and Newton)
  • Permanent Rose  ( or Alizarin Crimson)
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Transparent Oxide Red
  • Titanium white
Have an 8 x 10 canvas ready to go- Please DO NOT tone it beforehand.
I prefer Centurion oil primed linen or Ampersand gessobord, but if you use a cotton or stretched canvas, you might want to gesso/sand it before (with time to dry) so that your paint stays on the surface more and does not sink in as much.